• In this Feb. 2, 2016 photo provided by Richard Johnson, the girls basketball team at Flagstaff, Ariz., High School does a cheer with their hair tied back in traditional Navajo buns before taking the floor for pre-game warmups. But before play could begin the referee made them remove the hair ties, saying they were a safety hazard. This sparked sharp criticism from the school’s principal and the president of the Navajo Nation. Officials say the hair ties won’t be prohibited in the future.(Richard Johnson via AP)

    Call over Native American hair bun at game prompts outcry

    FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The board that governs Arizona high school sports says members of a girls’ basketball team can wear their hair in traditional Navajo buns after a referee’s decision to ban the hairstyle at a game this week caused an outcry.

  • Bruce "Sunpie" Barnes, head of the Mardi Gras North Side Skull & Bone Gang, poses with his accoutrements for upcoming Mardi Gras day, in New Orleans, Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016. Their costumes are intended to represent the dead, and Barnes said they bring a serious message, reminding people of their mortality and the need to live a productive and good life. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

    Glitter, feathers, paint: New Orleans preps for Mardi Gras

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — It’s glitter season in New Orleans. A time for feathers, paper mache, sequins, paint, bailing wire, bones, and just about any other item that can be used for decoration. Across garages, kitchen tables and warehouses, residents are feverishly sewing elaborate costumes, painting floats and decorating custom throws.